Sam Daly makes his professional debut at the H Suite in Edgbaston, Birmingham – Reuters

Patience is definitely a virtue for Sam Daly as he enters the home stretch of his late pro debut.

His professional bow should finally come when BCB Promotions hold their next show at the H Suite in Edgbaston, Birmingham on the Friday evening of June 10.

It has now been almost four years since Daly donned the gloves for competitive sparring, long removed from the end of his amateur career.

Daly’s skills were honed under the tutelage of his father, Arthur, at Kings Heath Boxing Club in his home town of Northampton, which saw him chasing major national honours.

He racked up an amateur record of 36 wins out of 47 amateur fights and reached the finals of the 2013 National Association of Boys and Girls Clubs (NABC) competition.

The 26-year-old super welterweight signed professional forms for the first time in 2020 but has yet to pay, due to minor injuries and the pandemic.

But he worked hard, having come under the wing of professional trainer James Conway, with his training base now at the Team Shoe Box gymnasium in Northampton.

Daly admits there have been tough times, which have affected his passion for the sport but, having boxed since he was a child, there still seems to be no turning back.

He said, “That was a good palava! I should have made my debut over two years ago, but with medical care, injuries and the pandemic, it’s been a constant kick in the teeth.

“I signed my pro contract with BCB when I was 23 – and I still haven’t fought! I have to remind myself that I’m still young and I’m where I was.

“I had problems with my shoulder, ended up having an MRI and, although I didn’t need surgery, I was in terrible pain. I had a few months off and couldn’t train.

“I also work full time as a scaffolder so it was probably just wear and tear but, being a boxer and that kind of person, you keep going.

“It’s all settled now, things haven’t exactly fallen into place, and sometimes it feels like there’s no end goal. You can’t constantly do this, without the end reward. of a fight.

“I could have quit, to be honest, but I knew I would look back and regret it, so I’ll give it another chance and, fingers crossed, it’s my turn.

“I haven’t changed, I’m an advanced fighter, who likes to work inside. I’ve been in the game for 14 years now and there’s no style that I haven’t sparred or seen.

“There is pressure on my shoulders, just to get back in the ring. I’m excited, but I kind of want my debut done and done, so I can move on. It’s been a long time coming.

Tickets for the H Suite Bill are available now, priced at £40 standard or £75 VIP ringside with buffet, direct from the boxers or by visiting myfighttickets.com.